Hey, btw, has anyone been reading god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens? I wasn’t going to read it, but I got a free download from Audible just before my trip, so I nabbed Hitchens’s book. Wow, I’m totally impressed and have been enjoying it completely. The book is funny, insightful, articulate, and searing. He reads it himself, also, and is an excellent reader. He reads as if he is talking to someone, rather than droning along in a monotone the way so many authors read, requiring them to hire professional readers to record their audio books. So you get the intonation and emphasis that the author intended, and more of a feeling of their personality, which is exactly right for this type of book.
There’s a detailed overview of the first several chapters on Wikipedia, but here’s the basic contents:
Chapter 1: Putting It Mildly
Chapter 2: Religion Kills
Chapter 3: A Short Digression On The Pig [An excellent short chapter.] Chapter 4: A Note On Health, To Which Religion May Be Hazardous
Chapter 5: The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False
Chapter 6: Arguments From Design [After this pt Wikipedia just lists the chapter titles.] Chapter 7: The Nightmare Of The Old Testament
Chapter 8: The New Testament Exceeds The Evil Of The Old One
Chapter 9: The Koran Is Borrowed From Both Jewish and Christian Myths
Chapter 10: The Tawdriness Of The Miraculous And The Decline Of Hell
Chapter 11: Religion’s Corrupt Beginnings
Chapter 12: A Cods: How Religions End
Chapter 13: Does Religion Make People Behave Better?
Chapter 14: There Is No “Eastern” Solution
Chapter 15: Religion As An Original Sin
Chapter 16: Is Religion Child Abuse?
Chapter 17: An Objection Anticipated
Chapter 18: A Finer Tradition: The Resistance Of The Rational
Chapter 19: In Conclusion